Non-Student Applications

We aim to programme seasons that are diverse, entertaining and exciting

We want to provide a range of opportunities as well as host the highest quality non-professional work in Cambridge and the local area.

We welcome applications from all, regardless of experience. The only thing you need to apply is a creative idea and a passion to see it through.

We do not commission productions and are led by the applications we receive.

Non-Student Application Form



We programme Autumn, Spring and Summer Seasons. The seasons are ten to twelve weeks long and are based around University of Cambridge terms.

Application Windows

We accept non-student applications throughout the year; however, in order to ensure that all groups are given equal opportunities to stage their productions across our venues, we set fixed application deadlines for seasonal programming. Applications may be considered after these deadlines providing vacancies are still available.

Easter 2023

Applications for shows in Easter 2023 will close at 12pm on Monday 27 June 2022.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 19 March 2023 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 26 March 2023
  • w/b Sunday 02 April 2023
  • w/b Sunday 09 April 2023
  • w/b Sunday 16 April 2023

Summer 2023

Applications for shows in Summer 2023 will close at 12pm on Monday 26 September 2022.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 28 May 2023
  • w/b Sunday 04 June 2023
  • w/b Sunday 02 July 2023 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 09 July 2023
  • w/b Sunday 16 July 2023
  • w/b Sunday 23 July 2023

Please note that w/b 28 May and 04 June at the ADC Theatre are typically reserved for a two-week run of a musical.


The ADC Theatre auditorium has a capacity of 228 and usually hosts two shows a night during University Term, at 7.45pm and 11.00pm.  The Larkum Studio (capacity 40) and ADC Bar (capacity 50) can also be used for performances. We also programme the Corpus Playroom (capacity 80).

Hire Charges

Our venues are normally hired on a box office split, with an additional box office commission. Our current venue hire charge is 37% of gross ticket sales, and our box office commission charge is 9% of gross ticket sales. Both figures are subject to VAT.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact